Top 5 Players of the Weekend
Learn more about five players who put up a great weekend through a high finish, interesting deck or memorable moment.
No player has put up as many consistently high finishes on the Open Series this year than Andersen. Andersen entered #SCGDC with an average finish of better than eighth place and could have kept that trend going with just another win on the weekend. An 11-4 record put Andersen in 13th place, good for eight Open points and $325. Andersen played Death and Taxes in his first event to punish players for making mistakes, but hasn't decided if he is going to stick with it for the Season Three Invitational in New Jersey later this month. Check out Andersen's Death and Taxes decklist here.
4. Daryl Ayers
Ayers is no stranger to Legacy Open Top 8s as this finish marked his fourth, including a win earlier this year in Philadelphia with Temur Delver. Ayers has recently switched to Lands and made the Top 8 of the Richmond Legacy Premier IQ with the deck just two weeks ago. His choice of deck turned out great this weekend, capitalizing on the strength of its matchups with Delver strategies. Open Series Legacy champion Joe Lossett claimed Ayers was "the best Legacy player in the room." Check out Ayers' Lands decklist here.
3. Bryant Cook
Cook paced the field for a majority of the tournament, running his record up to 11-0 before losing his first match. The Storm mastermind made short work of the Swiss, but lost his Top 8 match against Temur Delver, preventing him from winning a second Legacy Open in the nation's capital. This finish marks Cook's seventh Open Series Top 8 and fourth of the Legacy variety. The Storm aficionado even has a website (http://www.theepicstorm.com/) dedicated to his deck. Check out Cook's deck tech here.
2. Dylan Donegan
Donegan, the 2014 Season Four Invitational champion, scored his sixth Open Series Top 8 and his third in Legacy with Grixis Delver, getting to use his own Invitational token in the process. Donegan did this one the same way he has previously with another Delver strategy, this time going away from Sultai and Jeskai for the hottest take on the proven archetype. Donegan breezed through the Swiss and was in position to scoop to his friend, Shaheen Soorani, in Round 15 to be sure Soorani made it in without the finish coming down to tiebreakers. Check out Donegan's Grixis Delver decklist here.
When Legacy control players gravitate toward Miracles and various Jeskai builds, Soorani simply sticks with what works: Esper. Soorani's old-school Esper Stoneblade deck is flash from the past, utilizing Jace, the Mind Sculptor, Lingering Souls, and Stoneforge Mystic — and is still as good as ever. Soorani's build of Esper Stoneblade is quite strong against Infect and Delver decks and proved so as multiple players ran into him near the top tables. Ultimately, Soorani fell in the finals to Josh Pelrine and Omni-Tell, but the Esper Professor showed that Esper Stoneblade still belongs in the Legacy metagame. Check out Soorani's Esper Stoneblade decklist here.